How to Use a Long Horse Lead Rope

Whether you want to do ground work or lunge your horse, a long lead rope is important. Using the correct length can save you a lot of frustration and heartache, especially if your horse decides to run away. Clinton uses a 14 foot line for lunging and other training exercises with his horses. It’s made out of a high-end yachting material and has a great feel to it, allowing him to communicate with his horse very precisely. It’s also spliced, making it easy to attach to the halter and eliminates the need for a metal clamp. The spliced end is also more likely to resist heat and friction, meaning that it’s less likely to burn your hand if you grab onto it with a lot of force. Find out

When your horse moves forward of you while you’re leading, snap the rope hard to re inforce your verbal and body language cues to stop. This will help to prevent him from continuing into your space and moving into a dangerous area.

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When the horse moves away from you, gently bump or shake the rope to keep his head from moving off to one side. Do this a few times until the horse starts to listen more closely to your verbal and physical cues to back up and change direction. Once he’s comfortable with this, you can try to move him across his shoulder in circles while you’re leading. This will allow you to gain even more control over the shoulders of your horse.